For those Meat and Potatoe loving guys (minus the meat)

Try this recipe that I found once again in “Spilling the Beans-cooking and baking with beans and grains everyday”. I have adapted it only slightly. It is delicious and a great way to use up those mushrooms that are starting to shrivel.  If your meat and potato loving guy loves mushrooms, this will be a hit!

Tip: You can make mashed potatoes a little healthier by using any combination of potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower or turnip. Just cook them together, mash them with a little olive oil, a clove of minced garlic and no one will ever know.

Lentil & Mushroom Sauce (For the meat & potatoes guys in the family)

 Splash of olive oil

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp butter or becel

3 garlic cloves, crushed

2 large portabello mushrooms, sliced, (discard the stems and scrape out the gills)

2-3 cups sliced button, brown, white ( or a combination) mushrooms

¾ cup cooked or canned brown lentils, rinsed and drained

1 cup red wine

1 tbsp whole wheat flour

2-3 cups vegetable stock

1 tbsp tomato paste

Egg noodles or mashed potatoes ( I use a combination of sweet and regular potatoes and even cauliflower or turnip all mashed together)

 1)     In a large, heavy skillet, heat a splash of olive oil and sauté the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the butter, garlic and mushrooms and cook until he mushrooms release their liquid, soften and then start to brown- add another drizzle of oli if the pan seems too dry.

2)     Add the lentils and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the wine and cook for a few more minutes, scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet, until the wine has almost all cooked off. Sprinkle the flour overtop and stir to blend., then add the stock and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick and dark and the mushrooms are a little tender. (If the sauce is too thick, add and little more stock- I found my more runny than thick)

3)     Serve hot with fresh cracked pepper and some freshly chopped parsley over the noodles or mashed potatoes.

 Beware- Meatlovers might actually like this meaty(yet meatless) gravy like sauce. Especially those meat and potatoes guys!